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No problem in giving 26/11 handlers' voice samples: Pakistan

Days after the talks between home ministers of the two countries, Pakistan today said it has "no problems at all" in giving the voice samples of handlers of 26/11 attack even as India hoped for some credible action before Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna's visit to Islamabad July 15.
By HT Correspondent | IANS, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2010 09:15 PM IST

Days after the talks between home ministers of the two countries, Pakistan on Monday said it has "no problems at all" in giving the voice samples of handlers of 26/11 attack even as India hoped for some credible action before Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna's visit to Islamabad July 15.

"The new dossiers that have been handed over three-four days, I have already passed on to the investigators. And I have assured (Indian Home Minister) Mr. Chidambaram we are going to look into it thoroughly with positivity," Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik told CNN-IBN in an interview three days after his talks with Chidambaram in Islamabad.

"As far as the voice samples are concerned we have no problem at all," he replied when asked about Pakistani response to India's request for voice samples of the handlers of the Mumbai carnage.

The issue was raised by Chidambaram during his discussions with Malik on Friday.

On India's repeated demand for action against Hafiz Saeed, the suspected mastermind of 26/11 and the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Rehman said although the Pakistan government has taken action against him but the court had given him relief.

"Lets learn to respect each other’s courts," he said

Indicating some concrete action against 26/11 accused before the July 15 meeting of foreign ministers of the two countries, Rehman said: "We were comfortable.....he gave us his requirement, I also gave him my requirement....I don’t want to make it public at this stage? But I think people will know with the passage of time - the level of cooperation we have agreed to."

Official sources said here India was expecting some tangible action on terror front before Krishna's visit.

"We hope they will keep their word, specially after a positive meeting between the home ministers." sources said Monday. "The two nations will see good progress."

Malik also struck an optimistic note about cooperation between Pakistan's Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in preventing terror attacks on each other.

"I want to have a result oriented approach....instead of going into paperwork, I volunteered that let the FIA and CBI share the investigation, directly, whenever an officer is required to be in India let him go, whenever he is required to come to Pakistan let him come," he said.

"We need to have some kind of structure in place so that we can share information - if somebody is using our side against India or anybody using India against Pakistan we must work out systems (so that) we can take real action at real time," he said.

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